Wild Indigo Fellow

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Milwaukee, WI, United States

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30+ days ago

The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.

Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.
Position Summary:
Audubon Great Lakes’ Wild Indigo Nature Explorations program is dedicated to engaging a broad diversity of communities to create meaningful conservation solutions that work for birds, nature, and people. Milwaukee Wild Indigo Nature Explorations is a community engagement program that seeks to build lasting relationships between urban communities of color and their local natural areas. Working in Milwaukee’s Northwest and Southside, Wild Indigo will build community appreciation of wetland ecology and support for their restoration along Pulaski Park, Lincoln Park and Lincoln Creek. The project goal is to demonstrate the connection between healthy natural habitats and healthy urban communities via activities that familiarize teens with the nature and wildlife that share the spaces where they live and play. This project will develop a series of events that, via community science, outdoor recreation, and stewardship, will foster a deeper connection to wildlife along Milwaukee’s green spaces. With community partners, Audubon’s Wild Indigo program will develop a cohort of ambassadors who will be informed advocates for healthy watersheds in the region.

This is a seasonal 12-week grant‐funded position.

The Wild Indigo Explorer Fellow will work with the Milwaukee Wild Indigo Coordinator to lead a group of young people teen interns in nature exploration efforts in several of Milwaukee’s parks. The goal of the fellow is to translate what they have learned with the coordinator and allow them to take on parts of the coordinator’s role to engage with nature in ways they deem beneficial to teach and support the 6 Wild Indigo Nature Explorers.

  • $15.00/hour
Essential Functions:
  • Learn and assist with weekly lesson plans for programming
  • Learn and assist with weekly lesson plans for Wild Indigo Explorers
  • Become familiar with leading programming in local parks
  • Prepare and lead learning module specific conservation topics
  • Learn about and implement stewardship efforts in local parks
  • Learn and understand the connection between bird and people
  • Learn about local wetland ecology
  • Participate in local community science projects based in Lincoln Creek and Havenwoods
  • Document program experiences with weekly journal logs
  • Develop a video and picture documentation platform to share with Audubon Great Lakes on social media platforms
  • Complete a minimum of 40 stewardship hours during the 10 weeks, in Lincoln Creek and Havenwoods
  • Develop and implement a team-oriented stewardship final project
  • Use Merlin, Literati, I-Naturalist to document community science projects.
  • Build relationships with local environmental educators to strengthen future stewardship opportunities
  • Work with team to plan a final project, that will include a stewardship opportunity, nature walks, and an educational activity.
  • Complete 3 evaluations (pre, mid, and post) to assist with documentation of experience
  • Complete 10 hours a week
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Must be willing to explore nature outdoors
  • Must be willing to work with young people
  • Must have interest in completing stewardship efforts
  • Must be able to organize and complete daily logs
  • Must have experience working with Wild Indigo programs in Milwaukee
EEO Statement:
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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